Looking Back on the Fall of Saigon

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Scrambling to board a helicopter leaving Saigon, April 29, 1975. i

U.S. officials scramble aboard a helicopter at an apartment building in Saigon. Similar scenes were enacted across the city as people fled Vietnam in the last days of April 1975. Corbis Sygma hide caption

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Scrambling to board a helicopter leaving Saigon, April 29, 1975.

U.S. officials scramble aboard a helicopter at an apartment building in Saigon. Similar scenes were enacted across the city as people fled Vietnam in the last days of April 1975.

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Thirty years after flying off the roof of the U.S. Embassy, on one of the last helicopters out, NPR's Loren Jenkins recalls the last day of the Vietnam War from downtown Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City.

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